People at work are frequently amazed that Carol and I drive to Winter Park each year for our ski trip rather than flying.
I actually enjoy the drive.
We borrow audio books from the library (formerly “Books On Tape,” but now they’re on CDs) to listen to and help pass the time. I find I can keep up with the plot and characters, notice the author’s techniques of dialogue, description, point of view changes and scene shifts, and evaluate the effectiveness of those techniques. All while watching the scenery and keeping an eye out for wildlife or wild traffic.
We were both delighted with two of the books, both by authors I’d never heard of.
The first was “Gone for Good” by Harlan Coben. Sparkling dialogue, excellent descriptions, good action and suspense, amazing twists of plot (a few I saw coming, most I didn’t). I highly recommend this book. It ought to be a page-turner, and is written with much more skill than I possess.
The second book was just as good, but in a very different way. Titled “The Blue Last” by Martha Grimes (British) this murder mystery was set in modern London and its environs. Replete with typical desert-dry British humor, the plot tied a very recent murder to events during the Blitz of World War II. Some characters and events that seemed significant turned out not to be, or significant in a different way than you’d guess. But unlike some stories, the fact didn’t irritate the reader. Ms. Grimes is another very skilled writer, and worth a read if you enjoy mysteries.
And, while listening to these excellent tales, I saw herds of antelope in New Mexico, two huge bull elk in Colorado, and managed to avoid sliding on ice patches that claimed other hapless drivers whose cars were embedded in snow banks on the side of I-25.
What? You want pictures of the elk?
Okay. Here's one . . .